“In the past you were full of darkness, but now you are full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light. Light brings every kind of goodness, right living, and truth. Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the things done in darkness, which are not worth anything. But show that they are wrong.” Ephesians 5:8-11, New Century Version
There seems to be more and more talk today than ever before about the rapture of the church, the end times, Bible prophecy, the book of Revelation, signs of the second coming, being left behind, and more. More than any other time in history, our generation has good, solid reason to believe we are living in the generation that shall see the return of Christ.
Now, let me ask you this; if suddenly a trumpet blew, and there was chaos everywhere—pregnant women whose babies had disappeared from their wombs, planes falling from the sky because the pilot suddenly vanished, friends, family, children all missing—what would you do? If you could sit down right now and watch a video of your life during the tribulation, or your very own soul eternally being tormented in the lake of fire what would you do?
Can you honestly say, right here and right now, that your lifestyle and the condition of your heart, your thoughts—everything in general—is pleasing the Lord? Can you answer this question with absolute certainty? I’m going to ask you to close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now, consider everything you do in your life today. As you go over each activity or thing you partake in, ask yourself if Jesus would do this thing; no excuses, and be completely honest with yourself. If you can honestly say that Jesus would not do this thing, than the fact is, you shouldn’t do it either. If the television show you’re watching is not one Jesus would watch, you shouldn’t watch it. If your taste in movies is not a particular taste you feel Jesus would have, you should change your taste.
I’ve noticed, and I have been guilty myself in times past, that many people today dissect the Bible and then they conform it to their worldly ways. For example, “We love each other, and we don’t see anyone else at all. We are one hundred percent committed to one another. The Bible was from a long time ago, and things have changed. Since we love each other and don’t share ourselves with anyone else, in God’s eyes, we’re married.”
The Bible specifically says that fornication is sin. Just because Jesus died on the cross for our sins does not mean we no longer have to obey the ten commandments,nor does it mean that we can just sin all we want with absolutely no responsibility. To think this is absurd! All it means is that we have access to God’s mercy and forgiveness through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. All throughout the Bible we are told that fornication is a sin—both spiritual and physical. When we sin against God, spiritually speaking, we are fornicating; we are married to Christ, and cheating on Him with the enemy, Satan. This too is spiritual adultery.
We are to live in the light of Jesus Christ. We are to rebuke sin, and disengage ourselves from it altogether. We will not be perfect, but we are not to live in it. The Bible says that we are to pick up our cross and carry it. What this means for us is that our flesh will suffer and long for the lusts of it..the things that we are used to doing; but we are to deny our flesh these things and do what God would have us to do. Oftentimes, this can be painful, in many ways; from being chastised by friends, family, and co-workers, to losing a job, a special relationship, to giving up things you enjoyed doing, but were sinful in nature. Nonetheless, pick up that burdensome load and trudge up the path to Calvary, which is freedom and eternal life. The walk there is going to wear you out and it’s going to hurt; but once you get through it, you gain eternal joy, life, and freedom. And guess what? God, through Jesus Christ, gave you the Holy Spirit to help you carry that load, so you don’t have to do it by yourself like Jesus did.
You’ll have blisters, bruises, cuts, scrapes, and possibly even broken bones…but in the end, you will succeed, just keep on walking. What if Jesus had stopped in the middle of His journey, threw the cross to the ground He willfully carried, turned around toward His captors and said, “I’m not doing this! I refuse! I can’t take it anymore, this is just way too hard for me.” And then lifted his finger and blew each one of them away. He could’ve been just like us and said, “Oh woe is me! This is too hard! I can’t do it!” Had He done this, we’d all be in serious trouble. He gave us His life so we could live, now we must give HIm ours in return. Unlike our enemy, Satan, God does not force you or lure you into His kingdom; He only asks and tries to show you the right path. God desires you live forever with Him in heaven because He actually misses you, and He loves you.
Think about it this way for just a moment. God suffered in the body of a man named Jesus, who was His only Son; He felt pain so unfathomable it cannot be described. He died the worst, most torturous and agonizing death anyone could die; and He did this all so you could eventually come back to heaven to be with Him. Yes, you personally! He wanted to insure that He’d see your smiling face once again, and this was so important to Him that Jesus suffered just so He could be with you forever because you’re just that special to Him.
Now, as you go on with your day tomorrow, and the next, and the next…remember that God is truly looking down upon you, loving you, and He misses you so much; all He desires is to spend forever looking into your beautiful eyes and sharing in your presence.
And if by chance you don’t believe me, that’s okay. I pray that you would for your soul’s sake. One day we’ll all find out what exactly happens when we die; let’s just hope that it’s not too late.